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Reconstructing Rosa Parks: On the Civil Rights Narratives We Receive and the Ones We Need

January 29, 2015 | Events

On Thursday, Feb. 12, at noon in Saxbe Auditorium, Jeanne Theoharis will give a talk based on her acclaimed new book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks – one of the few serious biographies of Parks— in which she overturns the canonized story of Parks as a one-time resister, reminding us of her life-long commitment to the black freedom struggles of the South and the North.

Theoharis is a distinguished professor at City University of NewYork, and the author of numerous books and articles on the civilrights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education,social welfare, and civil rights in post-9/11 America.

James Hayes, political director of the Ohio Student Association and a leading voice in the current movement for racial, economic, and gender justice, will provide a short response drawing on his experiences as a key organizer at the national and local levels. Treva Lindsey, an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, who specializes in black feminist theory, women’s history, and popular culture studies, will provide a short introduction.

This event is part of a series of events for Black History Month and to mark the anniversaries of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. It is sponsored by the Moritz College of Law’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Black Law Students Association, Women’s Law Society, American Civil Liberties Union, and SALSA along with The Ohio State University’s Department of History, Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Department of Political Science.

Lunch will be provided.